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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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Popocatépetl volcano
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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Popocatépetl volcano eruptions:
1345-47, 1354, 1363(?), 1488, 1504, 1509(?), 1512, 1518, 1519-23(?), 1528, 1530, 1539-40, 1542, 1548, 1571, 1580, 1590, 1592-94, 1642, 1663-65, 1666-67, 1697, 1720, 1802-04, 1827(?), 1834(?), 1852(?), 1919-22, 1923-24, 1925-27(?), 1933, 1942-43, 1947, 1994-95, 1996-2003, 2004-ongoing
Typical eruption style:
Dominantly explosive, construction of lava domes. Plinian eruptions at intervals of several centuries or few thousands of years, vulcanian and strombolian activity in intermittent phases.
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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS VA EMS to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Friday Jul 24, 2020 13:00 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 12:46 UTC, 24/07/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200724/1243Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/707

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 24/1221Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1907 W09853 - N1901 W09837
- N1840 W09849 - N1835 W09923 - N1907 W09853 MOV
W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/1830Z SFC/FL220 N1901 W09838
- N1859 W09836 - N1821 W09935 - N1853 W09950 -
N1901 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 25/0030Z SFC/FL220 N1901
W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1813 W09921 - N1847
W09958 - N1901 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 25/0630Z SFC/FL220 N1901
W09837 - N1859 W09836 - N1814 W09933 - N1855
W09954 - N1901 W09837

RMK: CONS VA EMS OBSD IN WEBCAM. VA MOVG
GENERALLY W WITH SOME MOVG SSW, SW, AND WNW. NWP
MDLS FCST A WSW MVMT OF VA THRU T+18. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200724/1845Z

Previous news
Friday, Jul 24, 2020
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions and ash emissions drifted SW visible from Tropomi (image: @DlrSo2/twitter)
CENAPRED reported that the seismicity remained elevated including periods of moderate amplitude tremor. The seismic station records 1,348 minutes of tremor (854 minutes of low amplitude and 494 minutes of moderate amplitude) as can be seen in the figure below. ... read all
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
Powerful explosion from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
A spectacular vulcanic explosion from the crater occurred at 09:58 local time yesterday. A dense ash plume reached approx. 24,000 ft (7,300 m) altitude. Volcanic ash is dispersed towards the west-southwest and causes ash fall on the volcano's slopes that is expected in Ecatzingo, San Juan Tepecoculco, San Andrés Tlalamac, San Pedro, Tetela del Volcán, Texcala, Jumiltepec, Ocuituco and Yecapixtla. ... read all

Background:

Volcán Popocatépetl, whose name is the Aztec word for smoking mountain, towers to 5426 m 70 km SE of Mexico City to form North America's 2nd-highest volcano.  The glacier-clad stratovolcano contains a steep-walled, 250-450 m deep crater.  The generally symmetrical volcano is modified by the sharp-peaked Ventorrillo on the NW, a remnant of an earlier volcano. 
At least three previous major cones were destroyed by gravitational failure during the Pleistocene, producing massive debris-avalanche deposits covering broad areas south of the volcano.  The modern volcano was constructed to the south of the late-Pleistocene to Holocene El Fraile cone.  Three major plinian eruptions, the most recent of which took place about 800 AD, have occurred from Popocatépetl since the mid Holocene, accompanied by pyroclastic flows and voluminous lahars that swept basins below the volcano.  Frequent historical eruptions, first recorded in Aztec codices, have occurred since precolumbian time.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information


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